2011 Big Ten Football Championship Game

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2011 Big Ten Football Championship Game
Conference Championship
2011 Big Ten Football Championship Game logo.png
1 2 3 4 Total
Wisconsin 21 0 7 14 42
Michigan State 7 22 7 3 39
Date December 3, 2011
Season 2011
Stadium Lucas Oil Stadium
Location Indianapolis, Indiana
MVP Russell Wilson
National anthem Michigan State University Spartan Marching Band and University of Wisconsin Marching Band
Referee Bill LeMonnier
United States TV coverage
Network Fox
Announcers: Gus Johnson (Play-by-play)[1]

Charles Davis (Color Analyst)
Tim Brewster (Sideline Analyst)
Dhani Jones (Sideline Analyst)

Big Ten Football Championship Game
  2012
2011 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Legends Division
#11/10 Michigan State xy   7 1         11 3  
#12/9 Michigan   6 2         11 2  
#24/24 Nebraska   5 3         9 4  
Iowa   4 4         7 6  
Northwestern   3 5         6 7  
Minnesota   2 6         3 9  
Leaders Division
#10/11 Wisconsin xy   6 2         11 3  
Penn State x   6 2         9 4  
Purdue   4 4         7 6  
Ohio State   3 5         6 7  
Illinois   2 6         7 6  
Indiana   0 8         1 11  
Championship: Wisconsin 42, Michigan State 39
† – BCS representative as conference champion
‡ – BCS at-large representative
x – Division champion/co-champions
y – Championship game participant
As of January 10, 2012; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2011 Big Ten Football Championship Game was a college football game. It was played on December 3, 2011, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana, to determine the 2011 champion of the Big Ten Conference. The Wisconsin Badgers of the Leaders Division beat the Michigan State Spartans of the Legends Division by a score of 42–39.[2][3] By winning the game, Wisconsin earned a berth in the 2012 Rose Bowl.

The game was the first football championship game ever played in the Big Ten's 115-year history. The game was played in prime time and televised by Fox.[4]

Scoring summary[edit]

1st Quarter:

  • WISC – Jeff Duckworth 3-yard pass from Russell Wilson (Philip Welch kick)
  • MICH-ST – Edwin Baker 8-yard run (Dan Conroy kick)
  • WISC – Montee Ball 6-yard run (Welch kick)
  • WISC - Ball 6-yard run (Welch kick)

2nd Quarter:

  • MICH-ST – B. Cunningham 30-yard pass from Kirk Cousins (Conroy kick)
  • MICH-ST – Cunningham 7-yard pass from Cousins (Brad Sonntag rush)
  • MICH-ST – Le'Veon Bell 6-yard run (Conroy kick)

3rd Quarter:

  • WISC – Jared Abbrederis 42-yard pass from Wilson (Welch kick)
  • MICH-ST – Cunningham 44-yard pass from Cousins (Conroy kick)

4th Quarter:

  • WISC – Ball 5-yard pass from Wilson (Wilson pass failed)
  • MICH-ST – Conroy 25-yard field goal
  • WISC – Ball 7-yard run (Jacob Pedersen pass from Wilson)

Kickoff time: 8:19 p.m. • End of Game: 11:52 p.m. • Total elapsed time: 3 hours 33 minutes

References[edit]

  1. ^ Scott Dochterman (2011-06-01). "BTN to ride the Gus (Johnson) in hoops coverage". Retrieved 2011-06-01. 
  2. ^ D'Amato, Gary (2011-12-04). "Badgers' Dramatic Big Ten Title Game Victory an Instant Classic", Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 2011-12-04.
  3. ^ Sipple, George (2011-12-03). "Wisconsin 42, Michigan State Spartans 39: Rose Bowl Bid Comes Up Short in Big Ten Title Game", Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 2011-12-04.
  4. ^ "Big Ten Announces Media Agreement with FOX Sports to Televise 2011-16 Big Ten Football Championship Games". BigTen.org: The Big Ten Conference Official Site. 2010-11-17. Retrieved 2011-04-11.